New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education

Ocean County

Population

  • 2006 (estimate) Census Bureau 562,335
  • Per Capita Income (1999) $23,054
  • 7.6% of the population is below the poverty level (2004)

 Demographics

  • 94% White (2006)
  • Minority population is primarily Hispanic and African-American

 USDA SNAP Participating Families S

  • 22,,807 households in Ocean County are SNAP Program Participants as of August 2013
  • 60,673 individuals (26,848 adults and 33,825 children) were receiving SNAP benefits as of August 2013.
  • 43% of SNAP participants live in Dover Township or Lakewood.

Ocean County SNAP-Ed Project

The SNAP-Ed project addresses the following needs for limited resource individuals in Ocean County.

  • Inability to have SNAP benefits and food budget last through the month
  • Limited food preparation and food storage facilities
  • High reliance on convenience foods and fast food restaurants
  • Limited nutrition and food safety knowledge
  • High consumption of high fat foods and low consumption of fruits, vegetables and dairy products
  • Non Duplication
    • There is no EFNEP programming in Ocean County
  • Project Objectives
    • To promote the SNAP-Ed Project and its statewide mission. To increase food security through nutrition education programs to the SNAP eligible population, resulting in improved dietary habits, food purchase and food preparation practices and improved eating behaviors.
    • To improve and increase collaboration among existing agencies that currently work with low-income audiences, other governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and private enterprises to improve the nutrition education services available to SNAP program participants in Ocean County.
  • Project Activities

    • Market program in order to increase county network collaboration opportunities
    • Provide nutrition education to participants
    • Increase outreach to new participants
  • Evaluation
    • The evaluation methodology, which is used, includes an overall measurement of the impact of nutrition education amongst the population of SNAP program participants. The WebNEERS reporting system is used for Pre and Post surveys. 
       

Collaborative Relationships

Lakewood School District
Ocean County Children's Shelter
Preferred Behavioral Health of NJ
RCE of Ocean County
Seaside Heights School District
Toms River Regional School District
WorkForce New Jersey
Ocean Monmouth Care, LLC
Henkels & McCoy Training Services Group
St. Francis Community Center
Center for Vocational Rehabilitation

Contact

Angela D. Greene, Program Associate
Ocean County SNAP-Ed
RCE of Ocean County
1623 Whitesville Road
Toms River, NJ 08755
Phone: (732) 349-1247
Fax: (732) 505-8941
Email: greene@njaes.rutgers.edu